Qatar Nassau Stakes

Group 1, Goodwood
£600,000 added,
Fillies & Mares, 3yo plus,
1m 1f 197y, Class 1
  
Thursday 2nd August 2018

British Classic winners Forever Together and Billesdon Brook feature among 18 fillies and mares for the £600,000 G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes over nearly 10 furlongs, the highlight on the third day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Ladies' Day, Thursday, August 2.

Forever Together
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Forever Together
 
Galileo filly Forever Together, one of seven remaining entries for champion British & Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, shed her maiden tag in fine style with a dominating four and a half-length verdict over Godolphin's Wild Illusion (Charlie Appleby) in the 12-furlong G1 Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs on June 1.
 
O'Brien's entries also include top-class four-year-olds Hydrangea and Rhododendron, who have won five G1 prizes between them, plus recent impressive G2 Ribblesdale Stakes winner Magic Wand who had Wild Illusion in second. All three are also by Galileo.
 
Billesdon Brook
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Billesdon Brook

Billesdon Brook (Richard Hannon) provided a major shock when defying a starting price of 66/1 in the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6, making her the longest-priced winner in the history of the mile Classic.

The Champs Elysees filly, who won twice at Goodwood during her two-year-old campaign including the G3 Grosvenor Sport Prestige Stakes, has run once since her Newmarket success, finishing fourth behind runaway winner Alpha Centauri in the mile G1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 22. She has yet to race beyond a mile.
 
Other exciting three-year-olds among the Qatar Nassau Stakes entries include Sea Of Class (William Haggas), unbeaten this season after two impressive Listed victories at Newbury, and G1 Coronation Stakes third Veracious (Sir Michael Stoute), a daughter of Frankel.
 

Eve Johnson Houghton sent out of her first G1 winner last week, courtesy of Accidental Agent in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, and is eyeing further G1 glory with Goodwood winner Magnolia Springs

Magnolia Springs
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Magnolia Springs
 
The lightly-raced three-year-old daughter of Shamardal has been successful twice in four starts.
 
Magnolia Springs demonstrated her liking for the Sussex track with a comfortable two and a three-quarter length victory in the 10-furlong Listed netbet.co.uk Height Of Fashion Stakes on May 24. 
 
Johnson Houghton said: "Magnolia Springs is running at Newcastle on Friday in the G3 Hoppings Stakes (1m 2f on Tapeta). 
 
"She has come on really well since the Height Of Fashion Stakes - I am very pleased with her.
 
"We know she likes Goodwood after her win there last time, and not every filly will like the track, so we felt it was worth giving her an entry in the Qatar Nassau Stakes.
 
"She is a filly who is only going to improve, both physically and mentally, and I hope she can get up to that level."
 
Newmarket trainer John Gosden won three successive renewals of the Qatar Nassau Stakes between 2012 and 2014. He could run four-year-old Dubawi filly Coronet, successful on her comeback in the G2 Middleton Stakes at York in May.
 
North Yorkshire handler Mark Johnston has an excellent record at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. He has made two entries - G2 German 1000 Guineas winner Nyaleti, also successful in Goodwood's Listed Matchbook Is Commission Free Conqueror Fillies' Stakes in May, and fellow G2 scorer Threading, who was the G1 Coronation Stakes runner-up and won the Markel Insurance Fillies' Maiden on debut by six lengths at the 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival.
 
Talented five-year-olds Promising Run (Saeed bin Suroor) and Wilamina (Martyn Meade) are also entered in the Qatar Nassau Stakes which forms part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

Qatar Nassau Stakes
(British Champions Series)
£600,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 1f 197y, Class 1
18 remaining entries
Six-day confirmations and £40,000 supplementary entry stage July 27. Final declarations 10am Tuesday, July 31.

Horse
Age
Owner
Trainer
ATHENA (IRE)
3
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
BILLESDON BROOK
3
Pall Mall Partners & Jeanette McCreery
Richard Hannon  
CORONET
4
Denford Stud
John Gosden  
FOREVER TOGETHER (IRE)
3
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
HAPPILY (IRE)
3
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
HYDRANGEA (IRE)
4
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MAGIC WAND (IRE)
3
Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Markus Jooste
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MAGICAL (IRE)
3
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MAGNOLIA SPRINGS (IRE)
3
Anthony & Sonia Rogers
Eve Johnson Houghton  
NYALETI (IRE)
3
3 Batterhams and a Reay
Mark Johnston  
PROMISING RUN (USA)
5
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
RHODODENDRON (IRE)
4
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
SEA OF CLASS (IRE)
3
Sunderland Holding Inc
William Haggas  
THREADING (IRE)
3
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Mark Johnston  
URBAN FOX
4
Barnane Stud Ltd
William Haggas  
VERACIOUS
3
Cheveley Park Stud
Sir Michael Stoute  
WILAMINA (IRE)
5
The Snailwell Stud
Martyn Meade  
WILD ILLUSION
3
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby